Windows 11 was released to everyone this week, and while the system has received a lot of praise for its appearance, users in the Windows Insider community are already reporting a bug that causes apps to consume excessive RAM even after they’ve been closed.
According to digital trends, the problem can be reproduced when opening several File Explorer windows, which continued to use RAM even after being completely closed.
A little more detail: the application consumes about 80 MB, consumption increased to 640 MB and continued to consume 420 MB even after it was closed. The problem, known as “memory leak”, persisted and continued to consume even more RAM each time the file explorer was opened, after a few minutes devouring to more than 1 GB.
Testing DigitalTrends with 50 File Explorer instances open. Image: Digital Trends
Although it has now been reported in Windows 11, the bug is actually old as it appeared in Windows 10, but less severe than now because the 1 GB consumed by File Explorer cannot be taken by any other application. The situation can only be resolved by restarting the Windows Explorer process by using the Task Manager.
For now, Microsoft has not commented on the matter which is much more serious in Windows 11, but we hope that an update will be released soon to fix the bug. Until then, it is recommended to restart your computer regularly to avoid further complications.